A Medical First: Sea Turtle Receives 3D-Printed Beak Implant after Collision with a Propeller

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A Medical First: Sea Turtle Receives 3D-Printed Beak Implant after Collision with a Propeller

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After being severely hit by a boat propeller, a 45-kg sea turtle lost two-thirds of its upper and lower jaw. A Turkish animal rescue team found the wounded turtle floating in the sea, without any sign of life, and carried it to the Dalyan Iztuzu Pamukkale University (PAU), Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Due to a gaping hole near its mouth, as well as the extent of the stress trauma, the turtle was unable to eat or swim on its own. The turtle was fed by hand for an extended period of time and incrementally regained its health. To ensure the sea turtle’s return to its natural habitat, volunteers from Dalyan started to look for a solution to reconstruct the chopped- off beak. The volunteers eventually contacted Turkish 3D printing service provider BTech Innovation to customize a 3D-printed custom jaw implant.

Kaynak : http://www.materialise.com/en/blog/a-medical-first-sea-turtle-receives-3d-printed-beak-implant-after-collision-a-propeller